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this morning. the palo alto veteran held captive in north korea is on his way home. merrill newman was taken off the plane and held for more than a month. last night he was departed from -- deported from north corey a. we have the latest. >> >> merrill newman is on his way home from north korea after being held prisoner for more than a month. >> i appreciate the tolerance in a the dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> the man had completed a ten-day tour of the north when agents of the communist regime dictator took him off his flight. the government claimed he killed north koreans during the war in 1950 to 1953. north korean state controlled television showed him reading from an apparent confession. >> they collected information from the dprk and killed three innocent operators, delayed the munition supplies using explosives. >> his son said he's absolutely delighted about the announcement. you can imagine this has been a very difficult ordeal for us as a family and particularly for him. >> reporter: newman's detention came as tensions remained high on the core row an peninsul
newman landed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: he held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco international airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their primary residence in palo alto, where yellow ribbons were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone they never should have had in the f
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